The (wise) decision to visit Mauritius is inevitably followed by that age-old question - where to stay in Mauritius ? Every coast has its merits but if it’s calm waters, white powdery beaches and spectacular sunsets that you’re after, then West is best, especially for families.
On the leeward west coast, planets away from everyday problems, is a plantation-style resort spanning more than 12 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens and flanked by half a kilometre of white sandy beachfront. The five-star Sugar Beach Mauritius , a Sun Resort, is an ode to colonial style opulence. It’s white architecture amid towering palm trees make it a lush tropical hideaway. I had the pleasure of spending two nights there during the #MyMauritius Explorer Lab 2019 conference hosted by Mauritius Tourism and iambassador .
Accommodation is offered either in the plantation-style Manor House or the Creole-style villas. Family rooms are available too. We stayed in a villa overlooking the pristine beach. Everyday troubles pale into insignificance when you open your eyes to a vista as beautiful as this.
Our room consisted of a bedroom and dressing room area, with a balcony. We were provided with luxurious gowns, a Nespresso machine and a fully-stocked mini-bar.
The public areas are bright and airy. Birds flit in and out of the open spaces. A must-visit is the Gov’s Flowers Lounge in the Manor House, a gorgeous space where colonial elegance meets tropical style, and a great Instagram location. As I was taking photos there, I spotted two adorable little kittens eyeing me curiously. The balcony of the lounge overlooks a pond which is home to flamingos and pelicans.
Gastronomes will be spoilt for choice with three world-class restaurants at Sugar Beach. The chefs have been trained by Michelin star chefs in Italy and Spain. We got to sample two of the restaurants during our time there. On our first evening, our group met for sundowners on the beach at the internationally acclaimed Buddha Bar restaurant franchise. The mocktails were innovative creations, presented in jaw-dropping style. Mine had a helium balloon with a card attached to it. I had to pen my wish and release the balloon into the sunset. I won’t say what I wished for but it had something to do with travel. Another mocktail was presented in a “boat”.
When we proceeded to dinner, the exclamations of glee emanating from our group were testament to the decadent spread before us. The meals were artistic masterpieces, as delicious to the taste buds as they were a treat for the eyes. We dined on sushi, spicy prawn curry and crunchy calamari. Our desserts included green tea tira misu and chocolate fondant. The restaurant welcomes non-resident diners too.
The following evening, we went for dinner at Mon Plaisir and felt as though we had walked onto a Bollywood movie set. Movie posters decked the walls and Indian music played in the background. The restaurant offers themed dinner nights and we happened to be there on the Indian-themed night. The buffet was a feast for the eyes - decked with Indian and Indo- Mauritian culinary treats, and adorned with marigold garlands. We indulged in biryanis, koftas, dosas, fish vindaiye, curries, gulab jamuns, lassi and much more.
Activities and facilities are aplenty here, if you feel the need to stir from your beachfront sunbed. The resort boasts a spa with a hammam, a gym, numerous swimming pools including the largest hotel swimming pool in Mauritius, as well as beach volleyball, badminton and floodlit tennis courts.
Water sports include windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and glass-bottomed boat trips on the topaz lagoon. Golfers can get access to the incredible 18-hole, championship golf courses at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club and Tamarina Golf Club, while children up to 11 years can have fun at one of the biggest kids clubs on the island under the watchful eyes of the professional staff. It even has its own buffet. Daily activity programs are posted in the lobby and several facilities are shared with the neighbouring sister property, La Pirogue. Complimentary wi-fi is available throughout the resort.
There is so much to do on the premises but if you feel the need to explore, Sugar Beach is well-located for visits to Port Louis and other attractions in Mauritius. It is an idyllic place to unwind, enjoy quality family time, and take life easy without worrying about where to go next, while you get pampered in the lap of luxury and indulge in gastronomic delights. Add it to your bucket list.
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